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Wales round-up: Welsh climate change strategy outlines flood-risk planning measures; Ministers could ‘call in’ applications that don’t consider placemaking

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Wales: 30 November-6 December 2019

Welsh climate change strategy outlines flood-risk planning measures

The latest Welsh climate crisis mitigation strategy, just published, commits ministers to strengthen planning policy to prevent housebuilders from building properties on medium and high-risk floodplains in Wales.

The Planner 

Welsh ministers confirm major housing scheme direction

A direction has come into force that requires local planning authorities in Wales to refer certain applications for major residential development to ministers so they can decide whether to call them in for determination.

The Planner

Welsh Government could ‘call in’ applications that don’t consider placemaking

Housing and planning minister Julie James has announced that Welsh ministers could use their planning-direction powers to call in applications that do not consider strategic placemaking.

The Planner

Better water management required to make more resilient places

Better management of water through the planning system is vital to making places more resilient to the climate crisis, according to CIRIA, the construction industry research and information association.

The Planner

Rise in energy storage projects, research suggests

The number of planning applications for battery storage projects in the UK continues to increase ‘rapidly’, according to recent research.

The Planner

Cardiff brewhouse building makeover

Plans to transform the listed and historic former SA Brain & Co brewhouse building, located at the heart of the riverfront Central Quay scheme, have been revealed by developer Rightacres. These would see it turned into a new office location for the capital with a string of restaurants and bars at ground-floor level.

Wales Online

Swansea tidal lagoon moves

A £1.2 million fundraising campaign has been launched to pay for preparatory work needed to maintain the development consent order for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project.

Insider Media

Denbigh housing plans submitted

St Asaph housebuilder Macbryde Homes has submitted proposals for a major housing development of 60 new properties in Denbigh.

Wales Online

Anglesey green power initiative?

Conygar Investments, the owner of the former Shell oil depot at Rhosgoch on Anglesey, is developing fresh plans for the 81-hectare site that could involve renewable energy now that the land is no longer needed to house construction workers for the shelved nuclear power plant plans.

Wales Online

Colwyn BID debacle

Companies have voted to scrap the Colwyn Business Improvement District a year early after becoming disillusioned by the initiative, which was designed to help regenerate and promote Colwyn Bay, Mochdre, Rhos-on-Sea and Old Colwyn

Wales Online

Brecon Beacons barn conversion blow

A couple who bought their dream barn conversion in the Brecon Beacons National Park are facing enforcement action over unauthorised renovations and additions costing £150,000 including a patio balcony, hot tub area and a home office, which must now be removed.

Wales Online

Capital’s U-turn over woodland haven auction

Cardiff City Council has changed its mind about auctioning off a “woodland haven” close to one of Cardiff’s busiest roads near the University Hospital of Wales following a protest from locals.

Wales Online

Allotment permitted development consultation launched

The government is consulting on proposals to introduce new permitted development rights for development on land in use as an allotment.

Welsh Government

Port investment committed

Associated British Ports is to invest £2.5 million in the construction of a 3,066 square-metre warehouse at its Port of Newport to accommodate the growing demand for the handling, storage, and processing of agriculture-related cargo.

Insider Media

Wellness village work to start next year

Work on the £200 million Llanelli Wellness Village is expected to start late next summer, said its project manager.

Wales Online